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World’s Tallest Statue Rises Above Gujarat, India

A 600-foot towering sculpture of India’s first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel comes to life on the Narmada River. The sculpture was designed and master planned by Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D). The statue itself was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar and reaches nearly 50 stories high. It sits on a three-tiered base which boosts it to its record-setting status.

This imposing bronze work, with its sculptured base, sits on its own riverine island, which is connected to the mainland by both pedestrian and vehicle bridges. The Statue of Unity is anchored with two structural concrete cores, which support the steel framework of the project. Attached to the framework are over 2,000 tons of exterior bronze paneling. It is designed by MGA&D to be an occupiable structure and act as the centerpiece for a resort that is coming to life around the statue. A viewing platform in the chest of the statue is approximately at 500 feet in altitude, offering magnificent and breathtaking views of the surrounding area. One of the biggest challenges in the statue, being shaped in a non-symmetrical pose was properly orienting the statue to the base and accommodating zig-zagging elevators inside the statue’s slowing robes.

Sardar Vallabhai Patel was a central figure in the Indian independence struggle as well as the unification of India’s 567 British states into one country. A rammed earth wall, constructed from dirt taken from every state in India, is used at the statue’s base as a background for the national flag.  This impressive statue and monument took eight years to design and four years to build at a cost of over $460 million dollars.

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Finishing an install of our art deco cast bronze pendant. Thanks Angie Socias!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

 

Midtown Center 100

Midtown Center in Washington DC

Midtown Center is located at the corner of L Street Northwest and 15th Street Northwest, on the site of the old Washington Post, which was razed in 2016. Three elevated walkways link two wings of the U-shaped, glass-faced office building. Midtown Center was designed by SHoP Architects, just four blocks from the White House in the heart of Washington DC.

This innovative addition to the DC landscape is a 14 story U-shaped building, encompassing 865,000 square feet and serves as the headquarters of Fannie Mae. Beyond meeting the needs of Fannie Mae, the aim of the Midtown Center project was to create a building that helps energize this part of the city. One of the most welcoming features is the open and expansive public plaza, with retail and dining enterprises that bring the space to life. The courtyard features intimate gathering areas, a sunken granite fountain, and angled pathways that connect with the surrounding neighborhood.

High above the public plaza are three angular sky bridges connecting the towers, which help to animate the public plaza below. The façades of the building are sheathed in glass, allowing natural light to penetrate the interior workspaces. The copper accents on the exterior pay homage to local design traditions in Washington DC. It will develop a patina over time and is used throughout, adding a deep texture to the skybridges.

In the planning of Midtown Center, SHoP Architects took their inspiration from the original master plan for Washington DC by Pierre Charles L’Enfant. They created a building that allows visitors to angle strategically across the site and engage with it in new ways.  

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Handmade art deco chain getting ready for Bel Air!

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New Delhi Architecture 100

New Delhi Will Feature Smog Towers to Reduce Smog

New Delhi citizens are facing a smog crisis of epic proportions. The World Health Organization has classified Indian cities in the top 20 of the most polluted in the world. In 2017, the air quality in New Delhi was so poor that it was the equivalent of smoking 44 cigarettes a day. The health implications of this crisis are profound.

The Smog Project encompasses a series of 328 feet-high filtration pods, each capable of producing 353 million cubic feet of clean air per day, and is the brainchild of architect Najmus Chowdhry. He has said that the air quality in New Delhi is comparable to a gas chamber, and that everyone in positions of authority are passing the buck.

Chowdhry’s design sucks air in through the base of each tower structure and it passes through five stages of filtration. As the air flows through the tower, it is filtered through charcoal activated carbon, negative ion generators, and electrostatically charged plasma and photo-catalyst elements. These filters will trap airborne particles, bacteria and viruses. The towers would be powered by solar hydrogen cells, laid out in a hexagonal network of sky bridges between towers. The repository of carbon particles will be recycled into the production of graphene, concrete, fertilizer, ink, and the water distillation process.

Curbing practices that cause smog in the New Delhi area is a slow process that could take generations if something drastic is not done. Biomass burning, industry and transport emissions are the chief contributors to the smog crisis. It is estimated that it will increase by 775% in 2040, while public transportation is in a sharp decline. It is truly the perfect storm.

The Smog Project is shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival 2018 award in the  ‘Experimental Future Project’ category, for proposals that challenge conventional thinking.

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Patina on steel custom joints, on a project with architect Eric Meyorwitz

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Pitigliano Rises Above the Tuscan Countryside

In the Grosseto province of Tuscany, a volcanic ridge rises high above the countryside. Perfectly situated above that ridge is the small town of Pitigliano, which holds some of Tuscany’s more fascinating architecture. The small town dates back to 1061, where it was first mentioned in historical data. In the early 13th century it became the property of a private family. It subsequently passed ownership between the government and other private families until 1562.

One of the most fascinating highlights of Pitigliano is the volcanic plateau it sits atop of. There are ‘cuts’ into the tufa rock which date back to the earliest history of the town. These cuts range in depth from three and a half feet down to a depth of over 10 feet. Some were used for water irrigation, but the majority were used as steps and walkways that create a small navigation network through the town. A few others have carve-outs that have served as shops or homes for the people of Pitigliano.

The architecture of Pitigliano is inspiring, some dating back to the 12th century. The Palazzo Orisini is a fortress that rises up above the city’s entrance. The fortress walls ensconce the city and the fortress itself is now a museum of art. The Chiesa di San Rocco is the oldest church in Pitigliano and dates back to the 12th century.  During a recent preservation and renovation of the church, ancient tombs were discovered and are leading historians on an adventure of the town’s ancestry. The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul were built during the Middle Ages and remodeled in baroque style in the late 16th century. You will also find a 16th century aqueduct that runs the length of the town. The Jewish synagogue is a ‘must see’ in this ancient city as it dates back to the 15th century. Jews first settled in Pitigliano in the 15th century, fleeing from the Papal State of the Catholic Church and thrived for centuries afterwards. As the community grew, the town became known as La Piccola Gerusalemme or Little Jerusalem.

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It’s all about the leather. Thanks Rachael Goddard for the opportunity to have fun together!

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Colmar Architecture Dazzles Travelers off the Beaten Path

Colmar, France is a picturesque village in the northeastern part of France, along the Rhine River and the German Border. This historic region of France is known as the Alsace region and reminds visitors of being in Venice. Colmar features cobblestone streets running alongside the canals, which are surrounded by half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings stacked above. The town dates back to 800 A.D. and has been ruled by Germany, Sweden, Italy and finally France. It is also the birthplace of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who is best known as the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty.

The main attraction to Colmar is the architecture. The Renaissance architecture of the region dates between the 14th and the 17th centuries in Europe. It demonstrates a conscious revival and development of elements of ancient Greek and Roman thought and material. It stylistically followed Gothic architecture, and was succeeded by the Baroque style of architecture. Renaissance architecture places style emphasis on symmetry, proportion and geometry.

Colmar features secular and religious architectural landmarks that reflect eight centuries of Germanic and French architecture and the adaptation of their respective stylistic language to the local customs and building materials, such as pink and yellow Vosges sandstone and timber frame. The picturesque city’s architecture remains amazingly intact and transports the traveler back to the earliest part of European history. The Old Town is a beautiful historic area and lies between the Rue des Têtes, the Rue des Clefs, and the Rue des Marchands near the Place de la Cathédrale. Admire the rebuilt Gothic church of Collégiale Saint-Martin. Visitors can see the Ancien Corps de Garde, which has been everything from a marketplace to a justice hall to a themed military housing district. One of the oldest buildings in Colmar, The Maison Adolph, was built in 1350 for the Adolph family.

A visit to Colmar will take you back to the earliest history of Europe. There are so many architectural attractions and features, one can get lost appreciating and exploring the grandeur for days.

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Our ring pendant at a high rise in San Francisco, in collaboration with Triomphe Design

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 by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting